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South of France Apartment and Villa Renting Tips

Image of Villa Cézanne from outside by the pool Villa Cézanne welcomes guests with a lit pool, candles, and a warm interior at dusk.

Named for the grandfather of Post-Impressionism, Paul Cézanne, this luxurious four bedroom villa outside Aix en Provence takes its design cues from the modern art that the painter’s work inspired. With unique modernist furniture, sleeping space for the whole family and a beautiful poolside terrace outside, this Provençal villa is a dream come true!

The Great Room

Image of the living-dining room of Villa Cézanne Villa Cézanne’s great room offers a fireplace, dining table, sitting room, and more!

The heart of any home is its hearth. Gathered around the sleek fireplace in the living room of this villa, you’ll find space for the whole family to come together and relax! Tasteful wooden and black cloth armchairs, a long contemporary-style sofa and a faux fur rug beneath it all create a unique common area at the core of the villa. An enormous flat-screen TV provides entertainment. Read the entire story here…»


Sunshine, a summer breeze and a glass of cold rose wine on a deckchair next to the strikingly blue water of your own swimming pool… If this sounds like your idea of a proper summer holiday, then this article is for you! The South of France is a fantastic destination for a summer vacation. There’s the French Riviera, Provence, the Mediterranean Sea, picturesque villages, delectable food, wine, and plenty of sunshine to go around! If you choose to stay in a vacation apartment or villa, you’ll be able to enjoy all these things and more like a true local. Of course there are countless fantastic accommodations to stay in the South of France. That’s why we chose to compile a list for you with apartments and villas in Provence and the French Riviera that offer a little something extra, namely a swimming pool! Discover how you can enjoy the perfect summer holiday in the South of France.

Four-bedroom vacation villa in Salernes, Provence

Picture of a villa with swimming pool in Salernes This villa in Salernes is a typical Provencal ‘Bastide’ with a gorgeous swimming pool and terrace

To start things off, this 4-bedroom villa in Salernes is a wonderful accommodation for a vacation with the entire family. The kids will go nuts for the gorgeous swimming pool, which has a salted water system so it’s just like the sea! The villa itself sleeps up to eight people, and is a typical Provencal ‘Bastide’, but with a surprisingly modern and stylish interior. The four bedrooms and upstairs playroom ensure there’s enough space for the whole family. The downstairs living room offers splendid views of the sunny terrace furnished with a swimming pool and of the garden, which is planted with olive and laurel trees. The fully-equipped kitchen makes it easy to cook your own meals with fresh, local ingredients. You can choose to eat dinner inside or outside al fresco on one of the two terraces.

The villa is located less than a kilometer (half a mile) away from the village of Salernes, where you can find shops for all your daily needs. Furthermore, there are many vineyards nearby where you can enjoy learning more about the winemaking process. The nearby town Lorgues has a fantastic farmers market where you can pick up fresh ingredients to take home with you. Check out Provence’s Food Culture and Southern French Cuisine for some culinary inspiration! Read the entire story here…»


Welcome to the first article of our new series ‘Apartments with a View’! One of the best things about staying in a local’s apartment is that it’s quite often either right in the city center or in the best possible neighborhood of the area. This also means that the apartment sometimes comes with a hell of a view. That’s why we’ve selected some of our favorite apartments in Provence and the French Riviera that offer a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea! These apartments not only have the view of your dreams, but also offer something extra. We’ve chosen a broad selection of small studios, apartments for the whole family, city apartments and provincial estates, so you can be sure there’s one exactly right for you!

One-bedroom vacation rental apartment in the beautiful French Riviera town Cap d’Ail

Picture of the living room of a Cap d’Ail holiday apartment and its view of the Mediterranean Sea This classic holiday apartment in Cap d’Ail offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea!

This tasteful Cap d’Ail 1-bedroom apartment is located in a magnificent former palace mere steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The palace was built in 1897 to receive British and Russian nobility, and it is now a secure residence with several apartments. The 1-bedroom apartment is perfect for a couple, but can sleep three if necessary. The sunny living room features a semi-open kitchen and two big French windows that give a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea. The bedroom has another set of windows that open onto a small balcony. The beach of Cap d’Ail is one of the prettiest in the area, and even won an award for the cleanliness of the water! The center of the village is about a ten-minute walk from the apartment, and here you’ll find restaurants, cafes and shops. Monte-Carlo in Monaco is just a short drive from the apartment, and makes for a fantastic cosmopolitan day trip.

Also be sure to check out our top 10 beaches in the South of France for a list of some great beaches in the area. Read the entire story here…»


South of France Travel Deals South of France Travel Deals

Looking for the best deals on trips to the South of France? New York has all of the best offers on the South of France Travel Deals webpage. With apartments and villas throughout the French Riviera, Provence, the southern French Alps and the Montpellier region, New York Habitat has the best selection and deals on accommodations in the South of France.

Some of our current deals include:

• South of France Twitter Vacation Rental Specials: This promotion offers 2.5% off the price of select vacation rentals in Provence, the French Riviera, Alps and the Montpellier Region. You can find all of the offers on the New York Habitat Twitter profile or on the South of France Travel Deals Page

• Winter South of France Travel Deal: With the winter being a low season for travel to Provence, the French Riviera and the Montpellier region, many vacation rental owners offer fantastic deals on their accommodations. If you are looking for a great travel deal, consider a trip between January 4th and March 20th. Some vacation rentals have been discounted by as much as 30%.

With travel deals always changing, check back to the South of France Travel Deals webpage often to find the best rates. If you are interested in any of our accommodations in the South of France complete an accommodation request form or call us at +1 (212) 255-8018 to find the perfect apartment or villa in the South of France for your next trip.